The last three quadriceps muscles are this months muscle(s) of the month. We put them together because these three out of four have similar action and attachments. That is, they are dedicated to the action of straightening the knee (extension).
My biggest issue with the current discussions regarding injuries in yoga is the desire to make things measurable and compartmentalized. I know, there is no way around this. We have to talk about the parts and pieces to some degree so that we can understand it all. The place where this
The rectus femoris muscle is one of the four muscles that makes up the quadricep group of muscles. This is the only one that crosses the hip joint and therefore is related to tight hip flexors. Personally, I have come to find that it is critical in allowing the pelvis to move during b
Understanding the core muscles of the body is essential for any type of movement art. In Yoga it is talked about often but we only scratch the surface when we think of it in terms of muscular effort and strength. It also overlaps with stability, movement, and the esoteric bandhas!
The psoas muscle is extremely popular and talked about plenty. It's still difficult for people to feel and find where the muscle is. Understanding the impact of what this muscle represents is well beyond where it attaches and what movements it makes you do. Let's explore further!
Practicing yoga with back pain is one thing. Practicing yoga with a herniated disc is something completely different! Differentiating between the two is a big guessing game for most yoga teachers. It’s difficult because the symptoms of either back pain or herniated disc overlap.
Wrist pain in yoga is fairly common. There are many considerations when evaluating pain and/or injury of the wrist during a yoga practice. The first things to investigate are the student’s personal circumstances surrounding the wrist pain or problems.
The Deltoid Muscle is the latest Muscle of the Month here on Yoganatomy.com. Where does the name come from? Where does it attach? What actions does it do? What postures lengthen it? Which need it to contract? Answers coming...
In my last Muscle of the Month article I alluded to Trigger Points and wanted to give a brief explanation of what they were and how they occur. It is definitely helpful to know about them as you assess client or students who are complaining about chronic or recurring pain.
Here I discuss the recently published article by William J. Broad in the New York Times, titled Women’s Flexibility Is a Liability (in Yoga) which provoked a strong response from many in the yoga community.
I want to share with you an exercise that I regularly do with students who are dealing with achy hamstrings and/or mild sit bone pain. This could be as a result of an earlier hamstring “tear” or general aggravation due to muscular imbalances.
Want to keep your feet straight in a yoga drop back? The inspiration for this month’s article comes from a question posed in an email. The question, from Catherine, asks specifically about keeping the feet straight in a yoga dropback. For those of you not sure what a drop back is̷
This article stems from an email I received from a student. There were a number of questions asked in the email but essentially, the email was about feeling comfortable about telling someone how to breathe while practicing yoga. We shouldn’t take it lightly when we ask or direct peopl
I have written about a number of the “lightning rod” muscles such as the piriformis, psoas, and transverse abdominis. I refer to them as “lightning rods” because they attract attention. Sometimes this is for good reason, after all, everyone should know about his or her psoas. However,
I’ve been hearing for years that we should flex our foot in various poses where we have our knees bent at ninety degrees or more. More recently I’ve received two seperate emails regarding the application of this technique to lotus posture. Should the foot be flexed or extended in padm
There is a pattern that has shown itself to me over the last few months. I don’t think that this pattern is a result of practice but probably an underlying pattern that already existed. As often happens, regular practice can uncover any number of problems or imbalances in our body. Ho